Holistic Ways to Treat Depression

Color Therapy

When it comes to treating depression, there’s no “one-size-fits-all” treatment. No two people are affected the same way, and it may take some trial and error to find the treatment that works best for you. Rather than take antidepressant medications that cause negative side effects, many people who suffer from depression turn to holistic measures to treat their illness.

Color therapy is one such treatment that has been found to be a successful complementary therapy. Health and wellbeing is achieved by a balance of energy. Color therapy can help to re-balance and/or stimulate these energies by applying the appropriate color to the body and therefore re-balance our chakra.

Through life, we associate with color as part of our first learning processes. As we get older we attach many different feelings, memories, and meanings to certain colors that become a feature in our subconscious. We can build up prejudices to colors which have happy, sad, or frightening connotations for us. Understanding strong color preferences can be a helpful aid to finding possible problems and working with the appropriate color(s) to help to dispel negative feelings, free blocks, and re-balance your mental wellbeing.

The best thing about color therapy is not that it’s holistic and non-invasive, but that color is part of your everyday life — not just something you only experience during a therapy session. When you heighten your awareness of color energy, you can use it to transform your life.

Important colors for use in color therapy:

  • Green– The most basic color of all in healing, it signifies balance and harmony.
  • Yellow– This color signifies wisdom. Any mental deficiency will be relieved by the use of yellow, as it helps strengthen the nerves and the mind.
  • Orange– This color is warm, cheering, and non-constricting. It is a stimulating color that helps promote good circulation.
  • Red– This color brings warmth, energy and stimulation. Red stimulates the aura (and physical body) to such an extent that circulatory blockages can be cleared.
  • Blue– This color is great for nervousness – any kind of nervous breakdown or nervous tension. Blue causes most people to relax and will help people to sleep who suffer with mild insomnia.
  • Violet– This color brings great relaxation and stimulates the flow of more subtle energies throughout the psychic centers and the nervous system.

Color therapy (or chromotherapy) is a complimentary therapy and should not be used as an alternative to professional medical care. If you’re experiencing treatment resistant depression, TMS therapy is another complimentary, non-invasive treatment with an 82% success rate.

While medication can help manage the symptoms for many people, not everyone benefits from taking standard antidepressant medication.  TMS Neuro Institute is one of the earliest adopters in using transcranial magnetic stimulation, a drug-free alternative, to treat depression in Los Angeles. To schedule a consultation, call 323.655.3747 or book an appointment online here.